McConnell Hasn’t Decided Whether To Bring Sentencing Reform To Senate Floor


Despite a push from a broad right-left coalition, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has not determined whether bring a federal sentencing overhaul to the Senate floor next year, reports the New York Times. “I haven't decided yet,” said the majority leader. He did say that the proposal, which would reduce some mandatory minimum sentences, lead to early release for thousands of nonviolent offenders and set up new programs to help them adjust to life after prison, seemed to meet his criteria for allocating precious Senate floor time.

However, the legislation, while endorsed by both conservative and progressive interest groups, could present a sticky election-year vote for some Republicans who typically see themselves as law-and-order politicians. Should Senator Ted Cruz of Texas voted against the plan in the Judiciary Committee and was outspoken in his criticism. If the Republican-led Senate moved forward, it could conceivably be pushing legislation opposed by its candidate for the White House.

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